We Didn’t Play Well But We Got 3 Points And A Clean Sheet

It wasn’t a great game on Sunday, and Newcastle hung on as Norwich came back in the second half with some excellent attacking play.

James Perch – we didn’t play too well

But thankfully it didn’t turn out like the Wolves game, and Newcastle hung on to claim a very valuable 3 points, and a clean sheet to boot.

There’s little doubt that the Wolves game was 2 points dropped, and Wolves had come off a 5-1 hammering by West Brom at home and in their previous game.

Newcastle were 2-0 up at the half and it looked game over, but we were hopeless in that second half and were lucky not to lose the game in truth.

In Wolves’ next game they got hammered 5-0 at Fulham and over the weekend were hammered 5-0 at home by a rampant Manchester United side.

And in their last five games they have one draw and four defeats and conceded 19 goals and scored three goals – two of them against Newcastle – so you see what we mean.

James Perch was Newcastle’s best player on Sunday against Norwich and he admitted the lads didn’t play well:

“We didn’t play too well but the result was what mattered and three points is absolutely massive for our season.”  “One game down, one win, clean sheet. It’s perfect.”

“All we need to do now is get the performance good so the fans can enjoy it a little bit more and it’s a little bit easier for them to watch it when maybe we win two or three nil”

“But like I said, one goal, clean sheet, is perfect.”  “The main objective was win hook or by crook. We were fighting for it. Norwich put us under a lot of pressure and we weathered the storm.”

“And to be fair the lads at the back and Tim Krul did really well to keep them out.”  “I think we have to give the next nine games a proper go otherwise we are going to have let ourselves down.”

“We have got ourselves in this position through hard work and desire so for us to let it slip now with nine games left I think it will be a disappointment, and that’s not what we deserve.”

“The gaffer said last week ‘not many people get the chance to get into Europe with a club like Newcastle and have a right push’.”  

“He said you have got to grasp it with both hands and make the most of it as in ten years time you look back on your career and think I could have got into Europe and you have instead let it slip.”

“It is something all the lads want. We all want to be there and the aim is to win as many games as we can out of these nine games.”

Newcastle will have Cheick Tiote back for Sunday afternoon’s game at West Brom, and we were beaten 3-2 by them in the first game at St. James Park.

We need to go all out for the win at The Hawthorns, and if we can play anywhere near our best, we can get the win too.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Falling head first into a giant chocolate fondu is too good for Ashley.

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Reposting this as Ed produced a new blog:-

    Off topic: @Cheickstackle – a few posts back you offered to summarise the latest Newcastle accounts – I for one would be very interested to see this as trying to understand published accounts is beyond me.

  • JDdubai

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont fancy Jonas keeping Odemwingie out if he plays at left back again, reckon the formation is worth another go, just need to get HBA on the ball a bit more.

    Away from home it looks more solid with 3 in centre mid, just need the fullbacks to offer the width when we play this formation, something Simmo probably cant offer tho Santon RB and Fergie or Jonas LB could offer…..

    We’ve come a long way in a year tho, this time last year we had Best and Loverman up front and were scrapping about to stay up, now we have a much more talented squad, just need to get playing with some more fluidity and lets see where we are this time next year……….

  • shearerno9

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    “The gaffer said last week ‘not many people get the chance to get into Europe with a club like Newcastle and have a right push’.”

    “He said you have got to grasp it with both hands and make the most of it as in ten years time you look back on your career and think I could have got into Europe and you have instead let it slip.”

    Cant see this filling people like krul colo santon cabaye tiote ba or cisse with confidence to be fair… those type of players im sure would just expect to be at clubs that would regularly challenge for european silverware and not just getting into europe

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I feel sorry for Perch. He won’t get a look in most weeks and will have to make do watching from them bench, living hid life as a reserve player and only stepping up when called upon due to injury or suspension.

    He could do a real job at a lower leauge premiership club or to chpionship side, play week in an week out and live the dream as a first team player.

    I suppose he has got big decisions to make as to whether he is happy being a bench warmer next year cos I don’t think he could ever really polish for a starting place.

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6


    How times have changed.

    I hope he was just saying that to the lesser players.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    The Liverpool game is going to be huge if we can win that one not only will the points we put between us be a major factor in a Europa push but the confidence to be gained by beating our nearest rival to sixth spot will be immense.

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    I phone

  • Dannyo

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    U mean Ba who came from Hoffenheim and West Ham?
    U mean Cisse who came from Freiburg?
    U mean Santon who didn’t get to play much at Inter in the end and had to go on loan?
    U mean Krul who came through our ranks?
    U mean Tiote who came from an ok FC Twente?
    Cabaye u got be more right about tho.

    None of these players outside Cabaye or perhaps Santon has seen the CL mate, some haven’t seen Europe at all.
    Sure they want to go, but i wouldn’t say they are expecting it in the same manner as u’re thinking it.

    I think “want to” is a better word than “expecting to” considering their background. But they’re all in the same team pushing us forward. It’s down to them to let themselfes down tbh.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    @shearer09 – You’re assuming the negative from his comments rather than the positive. Perhaps he was saying that players who get into Europe with a club like Newcastle are extremely lucky, not that the club is lucky to be in Europe.

    There are plenty of lesser clubs in European football who get into Europe regularly and many of our squad players would get into their teams easily enough. But NUFC is a special club.

  • John

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Couple of things I noticed about the Norwich game that hindered us, HBA is a left sided player playing RM he has to check back every time to cross the ball somtimes missing that oppertunity to get the ball in early and cause more problems, more effective really, needs to play LM, Santon I really like tis guy he is no defender tho, Hed make a cracking RM he ran at the norwich LB at one stage, beating him, got to the byline and put in a great ball with Right foot wen he plays LB he also has to check back to cross giving opp bk4 time to prepare, his main strenght is going forward dribbling and beating people id play jonas/raylor at LB, HBA LM santon RM that would be way more productive supply line for ba and cisse.

  • John

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Santon to RM, look at what changing Bale from LB to winger done for him and spurs LB posistion is holding this guy back put him RM on his strongest side running at defenders, chaos, he has that in his game couldnt believe AP took of HBA for santon and stuck him LB.

  • Dougiestyle

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with you John, I would love to see Ben Arfa played as a left winger and Santon on the right wing.
    Santon has amazing attacking capabilities, his dribbling as crossing is better than most of out wingers.

    Maybe give it try and give Gutierrez a rest or even move Guti to leftback?


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